Johnny Giavotella underwent hip surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and recently had a checkup with the doctor who performed the operation, telling Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that he “will definitely be 100 percent by spring training.”
Giavotella has already started to “run, hit, and throw” so his focus now is on adding more strength and flexibility while rehabbing at the Royals’ spring training complex in Arizona.
One of many promising prospects called up by the Royals last season, the 24-year-old Giavotella struggled his first big-league action, hitting just .247 with a .647 OPS and 32/6 K/BB ratio in 46 games. However, the diminutive second baseman batted .338 in 110 games at Triple-A before the call-up and hit .322 in 134 games at Double-A in 2010.
Barring a disastrous spring training he’s expected to start at second base over Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt.